Completed Drama Final Exam

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Name_Chris Pasquariello_________________________ Drama LESLIE Final Exam Answer each question using specific details from the works to support your answer. Please write in complete sentences. You should spend approximately 15-25 minutes per question. The answers should be no more than two pages types and double spaced. Submit the exam by uploading it to the Blackboard Final Exam button by Saturday at 1:00pm. 1. Analyze the issue of illusion and perception of self in Antigone , Tis Pity She’s a Whore and A Streetcar Named Desire . What similarities do you see in the plays? What conclusion can you draw from your analysis? Illusions and perceptions are essential in works of fiction. They carry readers through the story while conveying the mood and captivating the audience. Often, illusions and perceptions of self are the catalyst in dramatic plays, leading the characters from their ordinary existence into tragedy. A strong contrast between reality, illusion, and self-perception is evident in the three plays. Each individual circumstance eventually leads to tragedy; in “Antigone”, a string of deaths; in “Tis Pity She’s a Whore”, incest and murder; in a “Streetcar Named Desire”, rape and a broken home.” In “Antigone”, Creon takes control of the kingdom and denies burial to Antigone’s brother. Burial rights are given to mortals by the gods, not by men. In his ruling, Creon takes the right away from men and implies that he has a godly power to do so. His power has consumed him and, in his perception, the lines between man and God are blurred. When faced with the fact that he is not a god and only a mortal himself, he becomes defensive and refuses to back away from his illusion that he is in control of everything concerning men and women of his kingdom. Because of his false illusion of himself, he causes terrible tragedies to take place in his own family; specifically the suicide of his son. Haemon, after begging for Antigone’s life, realizes that Creon is beyond reason. Haemon recognizes his father’s ignorance and is no longer able to
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perceive an exalted view of his father. He kills himself both as a way to spite his father and refuse the happiness that Creon, a mortal, has to offer. In “Tis Pity She’s a Whore”, the false illusion is displayed by Giovanni. At the opening of the play, Giovanni is seen talking to a priest which suggests that he is a godly man. He is noted throughout the play as a good and holy man. Annabella believes that he is a good man that will make everything right with their sin but in the end he does not. Despite the perceptions throughout the play, Giovanni shows himself to be controlling. He kills Annabella and himself justified only by blind faith that they will be together in the afterlife. By killing Annabella and himself, he is taking control of another life and denying anyone else the privilege to kill either of them. The act of killing, no matter how justified, is not Godly or good. A holy person can not,
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This note was uploaded on 05/18/2010 for the course LIT 1051 taught by Professor Leslie during the Winter '10 term at Cincinnati State.

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